National project for Omani goat breeding in Oman continues

Muscat: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources is continuing to distribute indigenous goats in various governorates in order to promote local breeds of goats.

Livestock represents an important source of income for many owners and breeders of livestock, and an economic tributary that contributes to the continuation and growth of food security in the Sultanate of Oman.

In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources started last October the national project for spreading omani goat breeds will last for five years, at a total cost of RO 140,000 and funded by the Agricultural and Fisheries Development Fund. In its first phase, the project targeted eight SMEs and distributed 100 genetically improved does and five bucks.”

This project, which is supervised by the Directorate General of Agricultural and Animal Research in cooperation with the Directorate General of Animal Resources, aims to preserve local breeds, establish a number of small and medium enterprises in the field of livestock, train and qualify beneficiaries to breed and propagate local breeds, and promoting local animal products.

Eng. Saeed bin Saif Al-Amiri, Head of the Animal Nutrition Research Department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, said: “The project began in its first steps by receiving a number of beneficiaries representing 8 small and medium enterprises, divided into two phases, with 4 beneficiaries in each phase, in addition to distributing a number of beneficiaries. 100 of genetically improved female goats, and 5 of male goats for each institution that meets the general conditions of the project. He pointed out that 9 types of local breeds of goats were monitored in the Sultanate of Oman, including 5 types of breeds of Jebel Akhdar goats, Al Batinah goats, Jabali goats, desert goats, Musandam desert goats, and Dhofari goats, in addition to the sheep breed, which are two breeds in the north Al-Batinah and Dhofar Governorate.

It is worth noting that the Sultanate of Oman is characterized by its environmental richness, as the natural environments with different climatic conditions contributed to the existence of different types of animals that played a vital role in maintaining the environmental balance and meeting human living needs.

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